The Music Program at Stanford Hospital provides music to patients, visitors and staff, which include live concerts, ambient music on the units, musician bedside visits, and portable CD players with a selection of CDs for patients' use. To make a request, please call 650-498-3333.
Medical Benefits of Music
Music has been used in all cultures to uplift and invigorate, as well as calm and ease.
"The power of music to integrate and cure is quite fundamental. It is the most profound non-chemical medication."
- Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
Music in the Intensive Care Unit and with cancer patients has been shown to reduce pain perception, alter blood pressure and respiration, ameliorate chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and increase relaxation and improve mood.
“Half an hour of music produces the same effect as ten milligrams of valium.”
- Dr. Raymond Bahr